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Montreal, 13 April 2016 Dear colleagues,
    • WADA issued a Notice to Stakeholders regarding meldonium
    • The Notice provides clarification regarding its inclusion on the Prohibited List; existing excretion studies and those underway; and, the results management and adjudication process
  • It reinforces the principle of strict liability for athletes under the World Anti-Doping Code; and, the assessment of fault under the Code that is the duty of the robust Results Management and Adjudication process

Yesterday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued a Notice regarding meldonium to its stakeholders that are primarily signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). The Notice provides clarification regarding its inclusion on the Prohibited List; existing excretion studies and those that are underway; as well as guidance regarding the results management and adjudication process. “There is no doubt as to the status of meldonium as a prohibited substance,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “There is equally no doubt that the principle of strict liability under the Code; as well as, the well established process for results management and adjudication prevail,” he continued. “Since meldonium was prohibited on 1 January of this year, there have been 172 positive samples for the substance, for athletes across numerous countries and sports,” Reedie said. “Concurrently, there has been a call by stakeholders for further clarification and guidance,” he continued. “WADA recognizes this need -- that meldonium is a particular substance, which has created an unprecedented situation and therefore warranted additional guidance for the anti-doping community.”

DSA has recently responded to a growing need for the restructuring of ‘beginner’ competitions. Within the ‘Rules of DanceSport’ there were quite separate provisions / clauses for unrestricted, studio and other unregistered events and competitions. Further, the present ‘2 studio’ limitation on unregistered studio competition had become effectively unworkable in today’s environment. And, the recent innovation of promoters wishing to conduct largely informal events catering for ‘pure’ beginners suggested a change in approach was timely.

Accordingly, DSA has brought together and amended the existing rules, and re-branded and re-defined the present ‘Unrestricted Competition’ rules, and has created a new model for ‘Development Competitions’.

In summary, the new arrangements are -

  1. Studio events are removed from the Present Rule 19.10 (which provided for unregistered events), and are included in a new rule 19.10 creating Development Competitions; the restriction of ‘no more than two studios / teaching facilities’ is removed.

2.    The definition and consequent rules relating to ‘Unrestricted Competitions’ are changed to refer to Development Competitions (Rules 7, 14, 19.10, and 23)

3.    Development competitions become a form of DSA Registered Event that –

  • Are required to be registered with DSA on the prescribed form and carry a DSA fee;
  • Are conducted by DSA approved promoters (or approved promoter groups), including DSA Registered Teaching Facilities.
  • Are restricted to the participation of unregistered individuals and / or DSA Recreational competitors (with or without partners).
  • Exclude participation by DSA amateur or professional division members, except that DSA members may partner participating individuals.
  • May contain events as designated by the promoter, but must contain a schedule of formal Recreational events within the competition program.
  • May allow DSA Recreational Division competitors to participate in events other than Recreational events at the discretion of the promoter.
  • Are subject to DSA’s rules and policies, and acceptance of the jurisdiction of DSA.

with the foregoing description included as DSA Rule 19.10, and the present Rule 19.10 (amended as per item 1 above) re-numbered 19.11 ‘Unregistered Competitions’, with the changes introduced into the 2016 ‘Rules of DanceSport’.

Steve Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, DanceSport Australia

21st December, 2015

We recently announced changes to Rules of DanceSport 11.2 for the Masters Age Groups in which one partner may now be up to 5 years younger. Members and competitors should note that these changes apply to both Amateur and Recreational Divisions. Essentially, Rule 11.2 now says that a  couple competing in Masters I, II or III may consist of one partner being five years younger than the published age division bracket, provided that the other partner is within the age division bracket. For example: A masters 1 couple could consist of one partner being 38, whilst the other could now be 32. 

Upcoming DSA Events

11 Mar 2018
WA - 2018 AID Blue Riband Championship (Proposed)
Adam Penn 0412 361 917 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
17 Mar 2018
ACT - 2018 Canberra City Classic (Proposed)
ADS
17 Mar 2018
QLD - 2018 ADS Qld Challenge Cup (Proposed)
Richard & Natalie Perry, 0417 713 222, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
17 Mar 2018
SA - 2018 Adelaide Spectacular Ballroom Dance Championship (Proposed)
Rhett English 0413 596 644
17 Mar 2018
SA - 2018 Adelaide Spectacular Ballroom Dance Championship (Proposed)
Rhett English 0413 596 644
24 Mar 2018
VIC - 2018 Albury Wodonga Festival of Dance (Proposed)
Kerry Baumer 0413 181 499
25 Mar 2018
NSW - 2018 Autumn Dance Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Sue James 02 9979 6453 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
25 Mar 2018
WA - 2018 DMIA March Pageant (Proposed)
David Birrell 0434 930 885 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
07 Apr 2018
VIC - 2018 ADS Ballarat Dancesport Festival (Proposed)
Australian Dancing Society
08 Apr 2018
NSW - 2018 DME ArtSport by Ray Rose Champions of the Future League - Development Competition (Proposed)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile: 0412 683 553
08 Apr 2018
WA - 2018 ADS Great Western Championship (Proposed)
Le' Ann Linnenbank 0407 770 416 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
14 Apr 2018
VIC - 2018 Crown International Dance National Championship (Proposed)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ph: 03 9803 3248
15 Apr 2018
VIC - 2018 Crown International Dance National Championship (Proposed)
16 Apr 2018
VIC - 2018 Crown International Dance National Championship (Proposed)
28 Apr 2018
QLD - 2018 Gold Coast Classic - Competition (DSA Registered)
Rhett Salmon - 0403 511 155, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
29 Apr 2018
WA - 2018 DMIA Metropolitan Championship (Proposed)
David Birrell 0434 930 885 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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